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871  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Scuba Steve bobblehead on: July 12, 2008 11:58:12 AM
Thanks so much, all!

Orrkid- actually, I find painting like that is really simple once you get the hang of it. Smiley  For both the red and yellow shading, I just mixed paint a shade darker than the base coat, brushed on a super light coat where I wanted it, and then blended it in with a dry brush and my fingers.  Same with highlights, though I tend to leave those a little less blurred sometimes.  As for the face; just remember that not all paint left on your fingers is a mess! Wink  I actually had paint all over a couple fingertips from when I had pointed my brushes... like a mix of red and white and a tiny bit of yellow and maybe even some black, but when I smoothed it onto his cheeks off my fingers, it made them nice and rosy! I love happy accidents like that. Cheesy
872  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: AWESOME Hannah Montana Bottle Cap Bracelet! BIG pics! on: July 11, 2008 11:20:24 PM
Such a cool idea! Cheesy  I think I still have a ton of bottlecaps around here somewhere, I've gotta make a couple of these with my favourite bands! Cheesy
873  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Why make regular popcorn when you can make... RAINBOW POPCORN! on: July 11, 2008 09:35:45 PM
Most definitely a great party food!  I'll have to make some for a friend's birthday next week as well, if I have the time..... and any other occasion I can come up with... just think of the possibilities: sports parties with team colour popcorn, 4th of July popcorn, Christmas popcorn, Halloween popcorn....
874  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Why make regular popcorn when you can make... RAINBOW POPCORN! on: July 11, 2008 08:18:00 PM
Thanks all!  I'll update my first post with the process.  You've been warned, though- it'll mean a lot of dishes to wash.
875  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Making your own halloween costume-along.. on: July 11, 2008 08:14:03 PM
I'm debating whether to re-use my Jack Sparrow costume... I doubt I will... I love making new costumes, and I hate wearing the same one two years in a row! Wink

So my boyfriend and I were sitting around watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the original, with Gene Wilder) one day, and he piped up "I should be him for Halloween." I burst out in "I ALWAYS WANTED THAT COSTUME!" so he suggested that he be Gene as Willy Wonka, and I be Depp as Willy Wonka. *giggle*  I think it will be a blast if we decide to pull it off.  I'm not very good at sewing, though, so here's hoping I either learn fast or can get some help! Wink
876  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Wall Art on: July 11, 2008 07:41:19 PM
Wow, that is *awesome*!  I love the print- so very vintage!

As for the other pillowcase, the one thing that popped into my mind was to make a pocket out of the pic of the boy giving the girl the ice cream cone... maybe on a little apron with a frilly edge? Wink I'm sure there's something much more awesome that could use the whole pillowcase, though. Smiley
877  COOKING / Dessert / Why make regular popcorn when you can make... RAINBOW POPCORN! on: July 11, 2008 07:35:52 PM
I was making popcorn for a movie night tomorrow, since I had found my recipe for pink popcorn after having lost it for years.  So I was thinking to myself... I could make any colour popcorn I wanted.... I could make *rainbow* popcorn if I wanted....
And so it was!

Unfortunately, I ran out of popcorn... this should have made almost twice as much... so I'm sure it'll be super sweet, since I still used all the coating.  *giggle*

edit:  Due to ... semi-popular demand (re: 2 people Wink) I'm posting my recipe and process stuff. Smiley

You'll need....
2 big ol' bowls full of air popped popcorn (I used one, but you could spread this out further to make two)
2 more big bowls (For purposes of my process, I'm using 4 bowls total, it all depends on how many colours you want. Smiley)
3 little bowls
saucepan or a small cooking pot
1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
1/3 cup o' water
1/8 cup of butter
and some food colouring!

Divide your popcorn evenly between the 4 big bowls. Throw the water, sugar, and butter in your pot and stir it up.  Bring it to a boil and then seperate it up into the 3 bowls, and leave some in the pot (or you can use 4 little bowls and divide it up evenly, I just like to use the pot as a bowl 'cause I hand wash dishes and less dishes makes me happy. Smiley) This is your coating!
Add food colouring to the first bowl of coating and mix it in.  Use a fair bit, 'cause it'll be less intense once it's on the popcorn. Then drizzle it bit by bit over one of the big bowls of popcorn and stir it all up.  Continue for the rest of your colours. 
Once all of your colours are done, stir them each seperately a little more (just so they don't all chunk up while they dry). Then let them sit for a bit.... half hour... hour or so... and then toss 'em all in a big bowl and mix them all together!

To answer the question of if they're flavoured: they're not flavoured, per se, but the sugar and butter definitely make them sweet.  If you've ever gotten a box of 'pink elephant popcorn', it tastes like that. Smiley
878  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Scuba Steve bobblehead on: July 11, 2008 07:29:45 PM
A coworker commissioned me for a late father's day gift for her dad- a bobblehead of Scuba Steve's body with her dad's head! His name is Steve, and he scuba dives, so she's been calling him Scuba for years. Wink

He's made from Sculpey, with an armature of tinfoil and skewers. His hair is yarn, his glasses are wire.  I painted him with acrylics.  All things considered, I'm pretty happy with how he came out! Smiley  I gave him a quirky little grin, I wish I would have detailed the teeth better.  Since they were sunken in, it was hard to get a paintbrush in there afterwards.  Oh well!  I gave him to my coworker today, who's bringing him to Scuba this weekend.  Can't wait to hear about his reaction!

(I take making things myself very seriously- I even made the spring that attatches his head to his neck! Wink *giggle*)
879  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Pancakes, hot fudge sunday, and lots of candy! on: July 11, 2008 07:21:59 PM
Aww, cute!  I love the use of acorn 'caps'!

As far as glazing goes, you can get Sculpey glaze at arts & crafts stores, in matte or glossy finish.  You could also go with a clear coat, acrylic glaze, or clear varnish (or something similar) from a hardware store. I'm sure that someone in the paint department would be able to tell you what would be best, if you brought in something to show them what you're coating. Smiley
880  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Paper Bracelets. [ NOW WITH TUTORIAL!] on: July 11, 2008 12:30:39 PM
I used packing tape and it worked really well. Smiley
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